10 Social Impact Companies to Watch - Entrepreneur's Brilliant 100

10 Social Impact Companies to Watch - Entrepreneur's Brilliant 100
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These brilliant companies are finding solutions that move communities forward.

1. StormSensor’s platform monitors stormwater in real time using waterproof hardware and cloud-based software, helping to prevent problems such as water contamination in urban areas.

2. Thrive Market is a membership-based e-commerce site that sells (and delivers) organic groceries at up to 50 percent off retail, making healthy food accessible to low-income families.

3. Watsi is YCombinator’s first nonprofit, and crowdfunds medical treatment for folks in need around the world; 100 percent of donations go to patient care.

4. Omaze offers anyone the chance to win an out-of-this-world experience for a flat $10 donation. The company is building a self-serve platform to help schools and organizations launch their own campaigns.

5. News Deeply is a single-subject news model that deep-dives into topics like Syria, Ebola and refugees. Its sites’ audiences are packed with academics and humanitarians, impacting policy and action.

6. The Ocean Cleanup has crowdfunded more than $2 million for tests and a reseach expedition, inching toward the goal of building a floating device that will use the Pacific Ocean’s currents to help collect floating trash.

7. Donating to nonprofits is easier with Classy, which powers charities’ sites with a built-in donation option (rather than using, say, PayPal). Fund-raising jumps an average of 225 percent.

8. Nascent Object’s latest product, Droppler, is a tiny device that tracks a home’s water usage simply by listening to running water, and lights up to communicate waste -- which can help cut consumption by 30 percent.

9. Political news analysis platform Sidewire (and its app) cut through the campaign noise with quick-hit thoughts from candidates, campaign managers and journalists who curate content.

10. Peer-to-peer insurance company Lemonade aims to bring some social good to the costly property- and casualty-insurance game. By moving insurance to the sharing economy, it becomes accessible to all.

Check out more companies on the 2016 Brilliant 100 list.


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